If you’re buying a house, whether this is your first or fifth, consider sticking to some basic real estate etiquette tips to ensure the process goes smoothly. Buying and selling a home can be stressful, so if you have a good working relationship with your real estate agent, the better it’ll go for you both! Here are some quick tips on real estate manners:
- Get pre-approved for a home loan! This might seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised. This just makes it easier on everyone: you, your agent, and the seller.
- Respect your realtor’s time. Be on time for appointments and call if you’re running late – it’s common courtesy. Keep in mind that often the sellers have to leave their house for showings, so it also affects their time.
- Show respect for the property you’re seeing and the current inhabitants. Show up at the agreed-upon time. While touring a home almost always includes opening doors and cabinets, respect people’s privacy and don’t look through their personal belongings. (And don’t use their bathroom!)
- Be honest! If you don’t tell your realtor the truth, you won’t get the best service. If you love a house, tell the agent what you like about it, but if you can’t get past the first room, let the realtor know. This will help them to select a better property to show you next time.
- Don’t bring an entourage to showings. Too many opinions and too many people can get overwhelming quickly. It’s understandable to want to show close friends or family the home you’ll be purchasing, or to take them along to the final two or three options, but try to keep it that way: once you’ve narrowed it down, then maybe you can schedule a time to bring some extra eyes along. Until then, keep it down to you and your spouse or one other person.
- Ask permission before taking photos. It’s understandable to want to take a few pictures of the homes you look at so you can consider your options later, but make sure it’s okay first due to potential privacy situations.
- Don’t overstay your welcome during a showing. Getting a good feel for a home should take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. If it’s a strong contender, you can always schedule another showing later. And speaking of, keep the number of visits to the same home between one and two…three only if it’s a seriously strong contender.
- Finally, remember to write a thank you note to your realtor once all is said and done!